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05/14/03

Parents Protest GA High School Graduation Test

Right in front of the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education offices today, there were about a dozen parents protesting on behalf of their high school children. Their kids aren't allowed to march at graduation, because they didn't pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test, a state-mandated standardized test.

"We're not talking about kids that are failing classes, that are not attending school, that are staying in trouble," said parent Cynthia Brown. "We're talking about kids that have Hope scholarships, we are talking about kids with high grade point averages, we're talking about kids that want to do something, that have passed military tests instead of being a walking statistic here in the State of Georgia."

Parents say their kids will be given another chance to take the test in July, but that will be too late, because graduation will have already passed.

Reported by: Dmitra Denmark, ddenmark@wtoc.com

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